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peaceful nuclear power. but one of the purposes of the united nations is to see we harness that power for peace. make no mistake, nuclear -- is no at challenge that can be contained that would threaten the elimination of israel, the security of the nations and the security of the global economy. it risk triggering a nuclear arms race in the region and the unraveling of the nonproliferation treaty. that's why a coalition of the countries is holding the iranian government accountable. and that's why we must do what -- >> host: how about the posture and the words any messages you heard from the president. and speak about the arc of recent history here. it wasn't too long when you were folks were dealing with the issue as well. go ahead. >> guest: thank you. i thought it was an interesting reference that the president made to iron in the speech with the u.n. yesterday. i thought he was talking directly to the iranian government and to the iranian people to get the meth age i cross that the united states has a lot of international backing. most of the countries are supporting us not the ir
. it has to be well thought out. >> host: and your bio you consulted to the united nations on middle east issues. are you currently doing not? and who are you advising at the united nations? >> guest: i talked to a number of u.n. officials. a must see who i talked to in our discussions are confidential. they will just generally say it is my view that right now, any diplomatic initiative is a waste of time. it has become such an existential conflict, so militarized on each side of the conflict to try to put forward the diplomatic resolution is useless right now because either side is just not listening to it. i think you and officials, from what i've been reading, the new u.n. envoy who is imminently qualified understands the almost impossibility of his task. i think he has taken right approach. in other words, is going to syria, meeting with regime officials, many with opposition officials, getting the lay of the land. he is making necessary contacts and developing relationships so that perhaps when there is a time, hopefully in the near future, very diplomatic initiative stands a chance
the reach of mechanism the united nations security counsel has not been able to get the arms around syria. the institutions seem to to be having problems at beginning of the administration there was a lot of talk about the g20 for mechanism of dealing with global economic crisis. we drifted away from the 0. it's complicated. we do it on phone calls and the back rooms the way it was done. the institutions are weak. then there's the component you introduced in the comment here, in terms of the united states. it's not just glid locked politicking. it's also referencing something tom said the united states had some power in the institutions because of the example the principle it is unupheld after the financial crisis, the french, the germans, the chinese said that's it for the u.s. it's a clearly a corrupt system and they're not managing the system in terms of obama came in and said i'm going handled international things differently. i'm going to respect international law. we probably violated the sovereignty with drones and covert action than we did under brush and there's a whole new set o
have a lot of other nations that in concert with the united states also believes that the unilateral imposition of the trading scheme is inappropriate. finally, there appears to be some recognition on the europeans died of late but there's a real consequence for doing this. so we will continue to press for the appropriate avenues for the resolution of an issue like this. we are continuing to make it clear that we have serious concerns and do not believe it should be implemented and i think the consequences of the european union moving ahead are much better understood ide these days. >> mr. chairman, thank you are just a few comments and i think it is worth noting. oftentimes we point out when there are mistakes made or cost overruns, but i just have to say that since i've been involved, i open in my remarks there was a time when the faa couldn't tell us what it was. it was not until secretary lahood was appointed secretary of transportation and randy babbitt, the former administrator came into office in the 50 acting administrator on board two years ago that there was stakeholder inv
for the future. so history shows us that building a democratic and secure nation is hard. it takes patience and persistence and it requires strong and smart leadership. an important lesson that i learned from nine turns in the united state congress and trips to many states in transition is that their leaders have to want to move to a pluralist democracy more than their outside supporters want them to. president hadi has made it clear that he wants to build a democratic with a small d. and pluralistic country. he was sworn in as president of yemen in february after running the country single candidate election with 9010.6% of the vote. the election was the last part of the international brokered accord that provided former president saleh with immunity in exchange for his agreement to step down after more than three decades in power and they hear a mass protest in the country. perhaps this peaceful transition to serve as a model for syria, something many of us are urging. as the leader of this country, president hadi i thought with the building blocks for a peaceful future. he is committed t
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